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Ocean Springs Chamber announces 2020 Board of Directors

The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau has selected the Board of Directors for the 2020 calendar year. The Board consists of five executive members, Shirley LeRoy with South Mississippi Living as President, Carole Marie with The Bird House as Vice President, Sandra Carter as Secretary, David Thompson as Treasurer, Brad Cates with Mississippi Power ...

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Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Leaders in Alabama’s port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council’s finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama’s port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the full council could vote on the issue next week. Amtrak hasn’t operated along the coast since Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Aviation museum taking shape on the coast

By LYNN LOFTON A long held dream for an aviation museum is taking shape on Pass Road in Gulfport with plans to open phase one this spring. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is under the auspices of the Brown Condor Association which honors the legacy of barrier-breaking pilot John C. Robinson.  Housed in a former furniture store owned by the ...

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Pink Palace Family of Museums hires executive director

Memphis Museums, Incorporated has announced the hiring of Kevin Thompson as new Executive Director of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Thompson has served as a Board Member for the past seven years and served as an officer for three of those years. He assisted in the development of the current Pink Palace Family of Museums strategic plan, fundraising for ...

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FOCUS ON ITAWAMBA COUNTY: Guy and Erin Conner’s waterway triple threat

By CORA YIELDING / Itawamba County Times In 1995, after years spent longing for their own boat shop, Guy and Erin Conner finally realized their dreams. But when they opened Midway Marine, they had no idea their maiden voyage into business would last a quarter-century and grow to include multiple expansions into several types of businesses. In 2017, two decades ...

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Renovations happening for Ole Miss hotel to open a bar

A bar will be opening inside a hotel on campus at the University of Mississippi. The university received state approval for resort status for the Inn at Ole Miss, and that allows the sale of alcohol. The Oxford Eagle reports that the current McCormick’s cafe inside the hotel is being renovated. The 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) indoor and outdoor space will feature a bar ...

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Effort builds to purchase, restore historic Parkway Hotel

By RAY VAN DUSEN / Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Following the same idea of how the Elkin Theatre was purchased by numerous families in the 1980s, Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett is leading an effort to potentially purchase the former Parkway Hotel and restore it to its prime. The hotel is currently occupied by the Tombigbee Inn alongside Commerce ...

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Park Hotel has new owner with big plans

By JOHN H. WARD / Monroe County Journal AMORY – A deal to purchase the Park Hotel closed last week, and its new owner, Orein Holley of Hamilton, has plans to revitalize the 1926 landmark into living and restaurant space to make it a downtown destination. “Each floor has its own individual character. The overall plan is to convert the ...

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Bay St. Louis voters say no to tax for parks and recreation

A proposed local sales tax has been rejected by a wide margin in one city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In an election Tuesday in Bay St. Louis, 1,726 people voted against the tax and 422 people voted for it, WLOX-TV reported. The 2% tax would have been used to generate money for parks, recreation and tourism promotion. City officials ...

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Boutique hotel going up on Bay St. Louis beachfront

By LISA MONTI Construction of The Pearl Hotel in the center of Old Town Bay St. Louis is about a quarter of the way completed and the targeted opening is Winter 2020. Hancock  County-based Cure Land Co. is the developer. Work at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Main Street, where a small shopping mall had been before Hurricane Katrina, ...

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